Paul goes from Abba to Africa

KEVI student leader Daniel Glass presents the cheque to Paul Howey.
KEVI student leader Daniel Glass presents the cheque to Paul Howey.

A MORPETH man who is going on an African adventure is on track with his fund-raising.

Paul Howey will be taking part in a 1,500-mile motorcycle trek, mainly off-road, in South Africa and Lesotho this October to help raise money for school, community and health projects in those countries.

He has found support from local schools, organisations and those who turned up to an event at Riverside Lodge in High Stanners that included a performance from top UK Abba tribute act Abba Forever.

The Stobhill resident, who works for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service as a trainer in the Learning and Development department, said: “I’m generally pleased with how the fund-raising has gone so far and I’ve nearly reached my target of £2,000 – thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

“A total of 65 people came along to the Riverside Lodge and as well as the music there was an auction of ACDC memorabilia and other items, including some donated by local businesses, which brought in a fair bit of money.

“I’m heading out in the first two weeks of October. I’ve sorted the travelling arrangements, which I’m paying for myself, and I’ve got some off-road motorcycle boots and a camera to add to the equipment I already have from my previous treks.

“I still need to put together a first aid kit, but once I’ve done that I’ll be all set.”

The four charities that will receive money raised by the Enduro Africa challenge participants are UNICEF, Sentebale – The Princes’ Fund for Lesotho, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Touch Africa.

The latest Morpeth school to support Mr Howey was King Edward VI School. Its school council has donated £200.